The Strumpet Sea put Williams on the map again as a first rate spinner of yarns. Now this reenforces the judgment, in a story of Nantucket during the War of 1812. Privateering and the blockade had cut off the island's food supplies, and young David, somewhat unwillingly hailed as a hero, forces himself to attempt to meet the demands of the islanders, and to down the whispers of cowardice. Failure -- ultimate success -- and the right ending. Good full length portrait of a brief period of Nantucket's history, based on authentic material and characters, and a well told tale.